My dog's killing me lol (a bit of humor to ease the MS)

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Kiera
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   Posted 3/24/2008 5:39 AM (GMT -6)   
omg , what a sweet gift. A cute lil lhasa apso..i think thats how you spell it. Comes microchipped for scannning? Lol.....and doesnt even look real..but oh how cute and then....................it began........................
 
MS met the dog lol. The dog boobytraps me! omG i wish i could walk through the house without finding every freaking toy ive bought this hair muff on legs, not laying at my feet for a sweet TRIP. lol..
 
he has a stuffed monkey thats bigger than him (courtesy of my lil boy lol) and he places that monkey at my feet (without me knowing) he drags that monkey around and i cant find a room in the house the monkey isnt in. Is this dog smart or just crazy? LOL.....its like he knows where im going and takes the monkey ahead of me to that room lol.....
 
then i see him go past me like a lil rat lol.........i picked him up to give him the attention i thought he needed so much? perhaps i hadnt given him as much lately becuz of ms. I patted him and he licked me but decided suddenly that he wanted down (keep in mind he cant even jump from the chair to the floor for his size) so he does a backflip and busts his head on my coffee table lol! im like i cant take anymore doggggg!
 
He also fell in love  lol....I have a brass button bear collection in a cabinet that someone busted the glass out of when all kids were at home in a hallway. I had likened his looks at 8 weeks old to these same bears....well he now goes and gets the one with the maroon dress (hes a faithful one lol, he wont touch the one that has a sassy pink dress) and licks on her and lays on her. I put her back so many times then last night i saw him bring her out again..i just reached down, patted him then her and left them to build a life together (maybe upstairs lol).
 
ahhhhhhhhhhhhh, hes cute but too much work...i now see the value of a cat..:)
 
thanks and smile,
 
 
kiera
p.s. in all truthfulness he's not very MS friendly lol. Maybe over time.......
 
but right now he runs the rooms and decides what lays where, im so tired of picking it up..most of its just his dog toys that he "plants" lol.


Every day brings us closer to what we reach for .........in all things.
 
Kiera

Post Edited (Kiera) : 3/24/2008 5:42:46 AM (GMT-6)


Gamma
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   Posted 3/24/2008 9:30 AM (GMT -6)   

hi Kieara,

You don't mention how old your dog is.  If he is just a puppy, now is the time to do a lot of training.  Dogs can be wonderful companions.  I wouldn't give up my 2 for anything, and they are both up around 100lbs each.  If I didn't have total control my life would be chaos.  My husband is always calling me alpha leader, well someone has to be, or the dogs will take that position.  You really should put all of the toys away where your dog can't just help himself to them.  You are the one who decides what he plays with and when, that will eliminate toys all over the floor.  Take out a toy, have a good play session and then put the toy away.  As far as the bears in your cabinet, that is easy to solve.  When you see him going for one, in a firm (not loud) voice say No, if he backs off give him a treat and make a fuss.  If he still goes for it, make him drop it (leaders never take, but make pack members give up), put it back and start all over.  Dogs are smart, they will catch on really quick if you just give them a chance.  Dogs without training will run amok in you house and make things miserable instead of pleasant.  Most of us think that dogs have to be petted and hugged and fussed over all the time, not true, a well balanced dog is just as happy to lay on the floor by your feet as to be fussed over.  You might try obedience classes, they can do wonders.  Good luck with your furry friend.


Gentle hugs,
 
Gamma
 
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Kiera
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   Posted 3/24/2008 11:28 AM (GMT -6)   
Oh he's only about 3 1/2 months old , he's precious dont get me wrong but as you know we try to avoid the walking problems and he seems to want to just give me his toys lol....but they are little landmines if your not looking down.

So im not giving up on him and as you said, they can be great companions.

I'm very glad that you posted this. I indeed did put up some of his toys but he still seems to have alot..so i will collect them and try what you said.

do you think i should let him play with the oine in the maroon dress? He really leaves all the other 20 bears in a cabinet alone but he seems smitten by her. I used to guard that collection as precious but its not near as important to me as he is...so should i bring her out as a toy , but not from the "help yourself cabinet" for a reward if he does well or will this confuse him? He seems lonely even though i pet him alot and keeps wanting that girl bear lol.

He is very young though....

I will try to do the things you suggested..your right, he's very smart. Lhasa Apso's are pretty intelligent breed as well. He know's how to sit, speak and will come and bark in my face if he needs food or water already and thats with very little training so far.

Any pointers on other training habits, pls feel free to include as we post back n forth.

It is good to have a wonderful pet or pets to help you through MS. I do think they help alot with illness. One of my dog's which loves to stay outside by the front door, by choice..is a dog who used to be taken around to nursing homes. He's mixed bred but so very loyal. His name is Shady, and this lil guy is named Bailey.


bless you

kiera
Every day brings us closer to what we reach for .........in all things.
 
Kiera


Gamma
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   Posted 3/24/2008 12:50 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Kiera,
 
Just got back on and read your post.  Shady and Bailey, what adorable names.  Our dog trainer says that dogs should begin their training at 6 wks. old, I guess so they start out on the right foot right from the beginning.  If you don't mind Bailey playing with the one in the maroon dress, then by all means, but I would put it in with his other toys so as not to confuse him.  I always have a pocketful of training treats handy, biscuits broken into little bit size pieces, dry food if that's what you feed him or there are commercial training treats available that look like mini bones.  My dogs love Cheerios, but I usually have a mix of several things to keep it interesting.  One of the simplelest training techniques is simply to praise and treat when they do something that just comes naturally.  Like if Bailey lays down, praise him and say Good Down Bailey a couple of times and give him a pat.  You can teach them not to bark by teaching them to speak.  I know that sounds backward.  My youngest dog, Harley, likes to hear himself bark, so I taught him to speak and rewarded that behavior, then I would say quiet and if he didn't bark I rewarded that.  Right now I am trying to teach him to pull my wheelchair, but he seems to have 2 speeds, zero or 60. tongue   He is starting to get it though.  If Bailey barks when someone comes to the door, teach him to answer the door with his favorite toy, maybe that bear?, in his mouth.  They can't carry and bark at the same time.  He sounds like a bright little thing, you shouldn't have any trouble teaching him manners.
Gentle hugs,
 
Gamma
 
Fibro, Osteoporosis, OA, RA, DDD, IBS, Vertigo, Tinnitus, Carpel Tunnel, Epilepsy, Hypothyroidism, Familial Tremors, Spasms, Nerve damage
 
 


Kiera
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   Posted 3/24/2008 2:37 PM (GMT -6)   
How awesome.

I read my hubby and my son your post. I think its great that you have the larger dogs help and i do hope and know they will learn, becuz they are loyal and love you!

I'm going to try everything youve said, makes total sense. The speaking part confused me at first but i do get it. Award the natural things they do so they learn what each command is youd like them to do. Amazing..i'd only pushed a dog down lol before and said down then gave them a treat (shaking my head forgive me)...

I have another dog. He is outback and a huge dog that is odd turned. He's not mean or anything but was given to me to be a "small dog" and became to look like a half st bernard. His coloring is beautiful. He never seemed to have energy or the want to cuddle and loves to just be outside and when let loose in the weeds. He was much like a cat in the fact that you werent gonna roll him on his back to pat his tummy...(or rather what cartoons depict of cats). His name due to the expectant lil guy is Mr. Buttons lol ..Mr. Buttons also is loyal to the territory but more of a loner. My son triies to get him to play but he will just stand and look at you like why did you throw the stick? Go get it yourself lol. No he wasnt trained but he had like Zero energy for humans.

bailey is hyper at night time , reminds you of a lil furbie and he has responded today already to some praise and some snacks.


ty very much!11111111111111

your dogs names are? I'm thankful in one way that you have large ones, and im glad also that i have a small lil companion.

thanks

kiera
Every day brings us closer to what we reach for .........in all things.
 
Kiera


Gamma
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   Posted 3/24/2008 4:19 PM (GMT -6)   
My dogs names are Harley and Lucy.  Both are rescues.  We adopted Harley & his sister Mandy about 3 1/2yrs. ago but 2 4wk old puppies was more than I could handle during the winter months.  The important thing was that we rescued them from that awful shelter.  We found a wonderful home for Mandy where she has about 10 acres to run free.  Lucy came to us when Harley was about 6 mos. old.  She turned up one day where my husband works, but nobody would take her home, so we did.  We figure she is about 8 yrs. old now.  She also does not know how to play, she didn't even know what a biscuit was when I gave her one.  It was obvious that her previous owner beat and mistreated her.  It was funny, when she finally got de-ticked and we let her in the house she did  something amazing.  I was still able to walk about some then but I did fall a lot.  One day I fell and she came running to me, slipped her head under my arm and chest and began to push up.  I was blown away.  If I tried to get up and walk sometimes she would stand in front of me and wouldn't let me move, if I ignored her and walked off anyway within a few minutes I would find myself on the floor.  It's like she just knew.  She is the most gentle creature i have ever seen.  Harley is like your Bailey, he seems to get wound up around 8:30 and night, but we just thow a toy for him to catch for about 10 minutes and then he gets on his pillow and lays down.
If your other dog is older, little Bailey and all his energy might be what is bothering him.
Gentle hugs,
 
Gamma
 
Fibro, Osteoporosis, OA, RA, DDD, IBS, Vertigo, Tinnitus, Carpel Tunnel, Epilepsy, Hypothyroidism, Familial Tremors, Spasms, Nerve damage
 
 


Kiera
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   Posted 3/24/2008 9:57 PM (GMT -6)   
So awesome , dogs DO know.

When i was pregnant with my last chld i became pretty sick and my dog at the time (someone stole him) CJ....would just sit at my head by the couch like he was guarding me. My husband would say , kiera he's in love with you but he sensed something wasnt right.

He'd lay his head on my tummy and every were id go..he'd come sit watch with a kind worried dog face. He had never done that before nor did he after i became better (back then)...

Baily has about killed me with the ear piercing barking but you were right, he figured out how to sit...come to mommy, give her a kiss, play with your monkey (stuffed skinny monkey lol)....

Im trying to reward the down speaking of which id better do!

thanks for sharing with me


kiera
Every day brings us closer to what we reach for .........in all things.
 
Kiera


Motown John
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   Posted 3/25/2008 6:13 AM (GMT -6)   
Tuesday a.m.
 
Good morning, everyone:
 
about a year after we were married, 20 years ago, my wife blinked her eyes at me, and asked, ".....can we get a doggie???..."
 
Never having a dog growing up, it was really the last thing I wanted to get involved with.
 
The barking...the digging...the  droppings...the expense.
 
Robin wanted a dog...I did not...so we compromised...we got a dog!!!
 
A stray from the streets of Detroit...from the Vet we used to live down the street from.
 
She named the dog,"Oreo."  Well, all my apprehensions about having a dog came true...
 
But...I figured...heck, if my Robin married me despite the fact that I was a MS patient, I'll deal with the dog!!!
 
People would tell me, "...you'll grow to love the dog."
 
 
I would respond..."..no, I  love my wife....I tolerate the dog."
 
We had "O" for 14 years until  her passing, @ 2 years ago. 
 
Robin has been hinting, not very subtly, that she would LOVE another dog.
 
I love her way  more now..but..my MS has advanced...I could not even let a dog go outside, if it wanted to...
 
Sorry, my Robin.   When that MS cure comes along, you can have three dogs!!!
 
John yeah

 

 



Gamma
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   Posted 3/25/2008 10:32 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi John,
 
Your wife is a lucky woman to have a man who loves her so much that he would put up with a dog he didn't want for 14yrs.  No one can make someone into a dog lover.  Do you not like dogs or just not want pets at all.  I know it can be difficult when you have limitations to try to keep up with a lively puppy.  My wheechair makes it difficult for me to go out with my dogs when the weather is bad, but in summer I can go out thru the sliding door and onto the deck where there is a ramp to access the rest of the yard.  My hubby installed a doggie door in the service door of our garage which is attached to the house, so all I have to do is open the door from the kitchen and out they go.  Have you thought about adopting an older dog from one of the shelters.  Older dogs are usually calmer, house trained, and most already know the basic commands.  Most people go to shelters and want the puppies because they are so cute, but our older friends need and deserve a loving home just as much.  Our Lucy was guessed to be about 5 or 6 when she came to us and what a difference from Harley who at that time was only 6mos. old.
 
I am not trying to convince you to do something that you really don't want to do, just offering my 2 cents and a few options.
Gentle hugs,
 
Gamma
 
Fibro, Osteoporosis, OA, RA, DDD, IBS, Vertigo, Tinnitus, Carpel Tunnel, Epilepsy, Hypothyroidism, Familial Tremors, Spasms, Nerve damage
 
 


Kiera
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   Posted 3/25/2008 6:50 PM (GMT -6)   
Umm Im with John on this. Although i have a doggie i use training pads and i empty them.....til hubby gets time to train on weekends OR i gett back to residuals only and can try to drag around n do these things....but...

no way could i let a dog out and make sure that dog got back in today.....NO way and i dont suggest trying it.

If you could find one already well trained and she'd agree to do all of the letting him out...maybe.........


just saying what i think although im keeping my puppy lol.


sorry john and yes your wife is lucky and you are as well but i do know what your talking about!!! iM only in exac and not as advanced but couldnt let one out yesterday if id wanted nor today.......well its possible but i mighta had to crawl.

thanks

kiera
Every day brings us closer to what we reach for .........in all things.
 
Kiera

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